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Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) for developing console and graphical user interface applications along with Windows Forms or WPF applications, web sites, web applications, and web services.

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Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) for developing console and graphical user interface applications along with Windows Forms or WPF applications, web sites, web applications, and web services.


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What do you like best?

A one-window development environment which empowers the developer to develop application for local and cloud environments. The IDE is comprising of very useful and powerful features. Easy to use interface. The best IntelliSense to help speedy development and avoid syntax errors. It enables the developers and organizations to work in teams more interactively and effectively. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

For being an IDE with numerous features, usually it is difficult to quickly navigate or find any feature which I didn't used earlier. Easy to use but a bulky interface. For being a huge application, it often causes system very slow. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Visual Studio is an easy-to-use, friendly and powerful Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for development of desktop, web & mobile applications. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using Visual Studio as a part of development team in a software organization where I am supervising the development as a Project Manager. It helps us to standardize the development environment among team members. We are using it for development of an application for cloud environment however it is capable to develop mobile and desktop applications as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

Things I like most about the visual studio:

- Extensions for different software.

- Themes are just amazing with different colors and fonts of the code/text that we write.

- Auto filing of default classes/constructors/methods/functions is just great in terms of suggestion and speed.

- Shortcuts are customizable and the go-to the definition is just simply wow. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

As such I don't dislike anything but I think it would be great if there are some simplified get-started tutorials that can help the newbies as the visual studio is very rich in features so one can get confused about what to do. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it almost every day as coding/programming is what I do, so the benefits would be:

1. As I'm using it for the last 4 yrs now and I'm very much comfortable. Its multi-tab/window feature helps me in comparing the function declaration and definition in two different files.

2. The version control UI is just amazing as it eases out my task of manually comparing the changes that I do and can add and commit using the UI.

3. The extensions plugin helps me resolve things automatically without writing any line of code (for eg. linting, formatting, beautifying the project) Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

I like that Visual Studio is a tool that can help one build any kind of application for most environments and Azure. It has the most features that are needed in any IDE and for cloud development or Windows Development, it works the best. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The biggest problem with Visual Studio is that it is still a large application. The Application has so many features that it can be hard to navigate and find the correct features needed. The application is also more like a sledgehammer if all you need to do is look at the text in a file and you need highlighting. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

For large teams that are using an IDE, this tool may work for you. This works especially well in a .NET Azure environment. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visual Studio provides an IDE that will be able to handle the use cases of multiple development teams. It can be used for mobile development, cloud development, and web application development. This has standardized the tool across development teams and allows us to make sure we have the same tools and similar workflows across teams. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

The software is very to use and user friendly. I t can be used for various languages and have provided interfaces for those with the implemented plugins. Especially for js frameworks, it is very helpful, user gets the suggestions for the methods present under the modules, error information on wrong syntex etc. . Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It has bugs for few versions, the editor hangs and not able to type anything . Sometimes it hangs as it requires more memory. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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I think it is very helpful in using software development for js frameworks, but not for java, python etc. . Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it for full stack development. Js frameworks are very easy to use like node.js, react.js. The user gets the suggestions for methods present under the used module, also we get the notification for syntax errors. Also there is terminal is present, so it is easy to run the server in the software itself . Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

It's a very user-friendly platform for coding. The various color themes in the editor make it fun to work with. I really like some of the extensions provided by the visual studio like Browser Preview which makes coding easy and you don't have to go back to your browser window for checking small changes. I also find extensions like beautify and debugger for chrome really helpful. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

More features are add-ons to the editor but have made the application quite heavy on the system. If I sometimes forget to close the VS code and open my laptop it takes a long long time to open and it's only because of the VS code as I know my system works quite fast otherwise. So, I have to keep in mind to close VS Code if I close my laptop. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Vs code on daily basis for coding. It allows adding workspace, git, terminal, and many other features just on a click of a button which is very fascinating and makes development a bit easier. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

I like that it offers best IDE features for .NET development, Python , NodeJS development like Intelisense, Server explorer, Solution explorer, github and version control integration and much more. Code formatting and refactorings are great in Visual studio. For .NET developers it offers lot more features like C# interactive, intelicode suggestions, thread management, performance profilers etc. It offers great extensions to improve productivity and a huge community if you are stuck with any problem. I like the object explorer a lot. NuGet is an awesome package manager and it is the best for .NET developers. It offers a lot language to work with like C#,F#,Python, Javascript, Typescript Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that it requires a laptop or pc with at least 8GB ram and Core i3+ CPU to work smoothly. Running Visual studio in a laptop with less RAM and CPU will make your laptop run very slow and it is very painful working like that. Sometimes bad extensions makes the visual studio irresponsive for sometimes with a message. Extensions like Resharper makes Visual studio very slow and buggy. It is very bad at loading very large projects and solutions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use it with a very good computer or laptop with at least 8GB RAM. Use community edition is is free for students and individual developer Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I develop Web and Android application using .NET/ .NET Core framework. I mainly work on C# programming language. I am a Individual developer so community edition is free so it saves me a lot more cost. I realized that it is a very good IDE for web development and Android application development which is available for free. I develop web apps and solve business and sales problems for my clients. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

Its features like displaying syntax errors, intelligence at the time of wring code , Easy build , publish and deploy code facility saves developers time & efforts. That's why i call is a fabulous IDE. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Some times it works very slow , like at the time we have to open multiple instances of visual studio in my computer system. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I will suggest all developers to try visual studio instead of other IDEs and you will fell how usefull visual studio is for .net developers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a software developer and i am using visual studio for almost last 8 years, I have used visual studio to develop applications for various domains like Payroll, HRMS, Vehicle tracking system, Immigration software etc. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

Visual Studio several functionalists which are really great. Some of them are -

1. Ease of finding errors in the debugger and debugging them.

2. Interactive user interface with dark and light theme.

3. There are a lot of external plugins and tools which can be configured in Visual Studio. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The main issue with visual studio is the long start up time. Even after taking a lot of time to start, sometimes the app crash immediately.

Also, the memory use of visual studio is very high Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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I have used other IDE softwares like JetBrains and Eclipse, Visual Studio is far more superior and better when it comes to ease of use/work.

Solutions/fixes of visual studio are also easily available on websites like StackOverFlow as it is a really popular software among the developer community. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use visual studio to create/test/debug SSIS and SSRS packages. The interface is user friendly and making complex packages gets easier. The dark theme mode is also very soothing and looks great.

It supports many languages like C,C++,C#, Python. etc. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

It offers working with frameworks like ASP.NET/Core, Xamarin forms, Unity 3D, Cocus etc. It offers additional development features like integration with version control system, github, Live share. It's intelisense is great. It is great features for code refactoring. It offers facility for advanced development and testing and the apps can be hosted directly from the visual studio. I like how the projects are structured and managed in the studio can easily integrated and changes can be commited ti github. Even for Non .NET developers like Python and Node js, Angular it offers great features for app development and testing. i like how it deals and opens every file type with its own features like image can be directly edited etc. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It is resource heavy software which consumes a lot of system computing power. Command line interface is not that good e.g. package manager console. The load time increases and becomes slow and laggy if we are dealing with big solutions. The server explorer and team explorer is a bit slow and laggy some times when executing query and loading data. Th VS installer of previous versions is also very slow and laggy and not friendly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

i would say visual studio is essential for .NET developers and also great for Python and Node developers. Make a good PC or laptop with at least 6GB/8Gb RAM to run visual studio smoothly. Also use a SSD. Follow some cool code refactoring techniques to improve your productivity using Visual Studio Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I teach my students on .NET development online with the help of visual studio. It helps me making money and earn well for myself. I develop android and web apps and teaches about development to my students and professionals. I realized that for students visual studio makes it easy to learn development for students. Productivity goes in high pace while using Visual studio. It is more beneficial when you use it with .NET development. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Software Engineer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

Developing Web application , desktop application , easily import library using nuggets manage or package manager console , very good intelligence , fast working IDE environment, much support available from Microsoft and azure development platform. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing i have a great experience using all version of visual studio, since i am using from last 8 year to developing all kind of application. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Just i want more helping tool to develop the cloud applications Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Its great and environment for developer, like i design 50 plus small and big web application , mobile application , cloud integration , desktop application .I feel in that tool has many flexibility to develop all kind of application and user friendly another benefit we can use same language in all kind of the application like web , desktop, mobile, cloud, gaming all application platform use same language c# Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

I like that it has great features which you can use to develop, debug, test, collaborate, extend your business solutions. it provides facility to develop for windows, mobile, azure apps, games, database. You can develop solutions and software products using C++, NodeJs, Python, .NET, JavaScript/TypeScript. Also i like that for individual developers and students its community version if full featured and free of cost. i can leverage the flexibility of technology and develop according to the business needs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that a good set of hardware and power is required to run the visual studio smoothly. Extensions may cause some issues while development. The latest version 2019 installer is good but if you are planning to use old versions like 2015 or 2017 installer is pain and slow. Adding more projects to your solution makes boot time slow and behaves laggy if your machine is not that powerful. for android development IDE is a bit slow performer Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would definitely recommend visual studio if you are planning to work on C++,.NET development,Python,NodeJs, and js.Typescript Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a student and I am still learning developing web apps and android apps. I am learning to develop apps with performance and security and which can run across all platforms. I am developing web sites and databases with its android apps using visual studio. I use visual studio to code and learn and work. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

I like that Visual studio can be used to develop projects and business solutions for any platform using popular programming languages and frameworks. It has a great IDE, great intellisense , diagnostic tools for the apps developer. The server explorer ,Nuget package manager and the solution explorer ,Debugger,extensions and much more. It is the most powerful developement tool. It is also a great tool for computer and mobile game development using Unity game engine and C#. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that some extensions works well in visual studio but sometime they will make the software crash or behave abnormally. you need better RAM and processor to work smoothly on your PC. Also i didn't like that if a solution has more projects boot time is a bit long. You will definitely need a good machine to work faster. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am full stack web developer. I mostly use VS to develop Web API, Web apps.It has made my productivity a lot more faster. I am a .NET and Angular developer so it helps me structure the project and make solutions easily and fast. The VS offers great extensions you can add so it makes development faster. You can integrate with any technology. Also it is better for front end development like Angular and React Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Software Engineer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

Visual studio is an amazing cross platform app where you can write code and shortcuts are very easy to use. It is one of the finest tool i have come across as it will make the code readable. It has got alot of options by which you can import any library and features which will help you in writing your code clean. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It has got alot of options for someone at the beginner level. It will take time to get adapt to its changes. It should have self explanatory options for every feature what we select that will help us on a long run Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would definitely recommend this app as it is far better than current market apps available Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I mostly use this to write my front end code for websites which i made. And it will definitely make my job easy at work as it avoid noises in the code and make the code cleaner and readable. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

I feel this is really a great product. It is the combination of all the essential developer tools, may it be their own IDE, their own code editor and their compiler. They help us to provide a Linux like environment, as they help in supporting the backgrounds and environments of web development, competitive coding, and is even used professionally by us to handle python/Java codes of our work. They are really helpful on Windows users too and the text editor is a lot more interesting, as the color coding of text is amazing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing great to dislike here, it is sufficient for any developer to do their daily tasks, and in this segment, I don't even think any other code IDE is better, so nothing to add here Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Will recommend it to everyone, as this is a great platform Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it to do my daily office tasks, and it has a good option of autofilling codes and snippets, which makes it a lot more useful, Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

The best thing is Microsoft SDKs works well with Visual Studio. But when it comes to other developmental purposes, it is better to go with light-weight IDEs like VS Code, or JetBrains products. Visual Studio is best for .NET development. Always a confusion between Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code. By far, VS Code is the best IDE as per my experience. Unlike Visual Studio, VS Code is lightweight and is open source. I love to engage in the VS Code community and I use it as my primary development environment. Portable, highly customizable and less resource usages are key features Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Visual Studio is a heavyweight development environment. I hate using it. When I started coding, I had a PC with very fewer resources, so using Visual Studio was not feasible. For Microsoft applications development, it has built-in support which are very much appreciated Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For developing .NET and Obj-C software, I mostly write code on Visual Studio. I spent most of the time developing using VS Code, which is a better, stable, and highly rated version of Visual Studio Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

It is a very simple platform that is easy to use with a very practical template management system, also it allows to easily integrate plugins, programming lengths as well as information tools or integration software, it also allows to 'help the developer to complete his development and optimize his code thanks to his verification plugins.

the visual studio is not software but it is a platform of integration of code of build until the sending to the tools of continue integration Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

the variety of plugins overlaps our choices, sometimes we install plugins that we don't really need, also the security part of the plugins there is no plugin certificate and also the software becomes very long when we install a lot of plugins, thus it requires a restart each time a new plugin is installed.

The terminal integrated into the tools sometimes blocks the operation of the visual studio software Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

the use of visual studio makes it easier for developers, allows them to focus on the most important part of the development of the added value and it eliminates the support tasks and best practices, it also makes it possible to consolidate a set of tools in one, it includes the front part and the back-end part. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.